Pieces of paper hang from a rack in a traditional Japanese interior

Work from SAIC student Billie Carter-Rankin

Chicago’s Creative Capital

Chicago is a global cultural center that’s full of opportunity. It’s also a diverse city of neighborhoods and strong communities, a welcoming place where creativity thrives. We feed Chicago’s creative energy, and the city feeds ours. SAIC alums settle here to make work, open galleries and studios, and power Chicago’s creative industries. 

We are Chicago: Complex, diverse, open, and engaged with the world.

Building Community

Chicago is a community-centric city, and SAIC shares its ethos of mutual support. Meet Vincent Uribe (BA and BFA 2013), who inherited a gallery as a student and now runs it as a place to bring people together.

A part of the reason I do the work that I do is to give back to Chicago for providing the place and support to discover who I am as a leader. Promoting and connecting people in Chicago is integral to my mission of community building.

Vincent Uribe Expert Advice

"We're meshed with the city. Chicago is our campus." - TK

Places of Connection

We asked SAIC faculty about the places and experiences that help bind them to the city.

Rooted in History

SAIC's campus in downtown Chicago occupies buildings that are rooted in local history. Iconic spaces narrate the city's story.